Irish Regulator Pulls Airworthiness Certificates For Russian Fleet

Rossiya 747-400
Credit: Rob Finlayson

The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) has revoked the certificates of airworthiness for all aircraft registered in Ireland and operated by Russian airlines, the regulator confirmed March 15. 

The move follows a similar step made by Bermuda and is also based on the argument that, because of the sanctions imposed on Russia by the European Union, ability to sustain supervision of the in-service fleet is severely limited.

According to Aviation Week’s Fleet Discovery database, 720 aircraft operated by Russian airlines are on the Bermuda registry. The IAA said 35 additional aircraft are affected by its decision. A total of 760 aircraft in the Russian fleet were registered outside of the county before the outbreak of the crisis. However, Russian airlines have started moving these aircraft onto the local registry as their own property; local certificates of airworthiness will be issued.

Fleet Discovery shows that, among others, five Boeing 747-400s and six 777-300/300ERs operated by Rossiya are affected. The 747-400s are owned by Sberbank Leasing and Vnesheconombank. Two 777-300s are also part of the Vnesheconombank portfolio while three -300ERs are owned by AerCap.

BOC Aviation, AerCap and Merx own a fleet of six aircraft operated by another Russian carrier, Alrosa.

Separately, SMBC Aviation Capital confirmed that it has terminated leases for all 35 of its aircraft currently operating in Russia. The aircraft are flying with Aeroflot, S7 Airlines, Ural, Nordwind and Nordstar.

Jens Flottau

Based in Frankfurt, Germany, Jens is executive editor and leads Aviation Week Network’s global team of journalists covering commercial aviation.